The company, which is present in India through a wholly-owned subsidiary, sells eight models here. It is also working on a strategy to bring EVs into the Indian market. “As far as EVs are concerned, for some reason the impression is that we do not support such technology. It is wrong. We have EV technology and we can bring it quickly here,” Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) Senior VP and Director (Sales and Marketing) Rajesh Goel said. The company is looking at an EV strategy and it should be ready in time to get an EV here as and when the market demands, he added.
Goel, however, said in a country like India it could be useful to look at various kinds of technologies, including hybrids, which help in cutting emissions and reducing air pollution.
“The only thing we say is that as a step towards full battery EV…it could be a useful idea to look at multiplicity of technologies,” Goel said.
He added for Honda bringing EV technology is not an issue as it already sells such vehicles across the globe. “To bring technology is not an issue but the decision will be made by the customer. Some may buy an EV for novelty value but one who wants to use it on a daily basis would look at many things to fall in place,” Goel said. “As things progress and looking as how the energy mix progresses, one could look at phasing out hybrids and then moving to battery EVs,” he added.